Drawing on the leadership theories in the management classic The Leadership Challenge, Robert Thompson effortlessly incorporates these ideas into a fable of leadership and growth. Based on a company's three-day offsite meeting, we follow this tale of transition through the eyes of two former rival pharmaceutical companies creating a joint sales strategy. The characters ultimately learn how to adopt the five practises that form the Leadership Challenge:
- Model the Way
- Inspire a Shared Vision
- Challenge the Process
- Enable Others to Act
- Encourage the Heart.
The book also explores the dynamics of a company off-site and addresses the fears and concerns participants may have especially around 360 degree feedback, the key component of the Leadership Challenge model and workshops.
For anyone preparing to attend a leadership training off-site, human resource professionals or trainers planning an offsite, leadership developers, program planners, or for professionals looking to hone their leadership skills, this book will be an invaluable resource and a succinct introduction to The Leadership Challenge.
About the Author
The author, ROBERT THOMPSON, is a sought-after speaker, workshop leader, and executive coach. He is the founder of Applied Performance, a leadership and personal communication services company for entry-level through chief executive officers.
Through his work with the Tom Peters Company, Thompson immersed himself in the study and practical application of leadership and is a founding Master Facilitator for the highly acclaimed The Leadership Challenge® Workshop.
Table of Contents
James M. Kouzes
PART ONE: ARRIVALS 1
CHAPTER 1 The Revolution Begins 3
CHAPTER 2 I’m Perfect; You’re Perfect 7
CHAPTER 3 The Lone Stranger 21
CHAPTER 4 The Games Begin 27
PART TWO: CONNECTIONS 33
CHAPTER 5 Yoda Is My Gardener 35
CHAPTER 6 Light My Fire 41
CHAPTER 7 Suck or Succeed 47
CHAPTER 8 Pyramids Amid Denial 55
PART THREE: SESSIONS 63
CHAPTER 9 It’s No Secret 65
CHAPTER 10 A Grenade for Your Thoughts 77
CHAPTER 11 The Perfect Fall 91
CHAPTER 12 Practice Makes Perfect 97
CHAPTER 13 Burn Baby Burn 105
CHAPTER 14 To Dream, Perhaps 115
CHAPTER 15 Our Never-Ending Story 123
CHAPTER 16 A Rope; A Hope 131
CHAPTER 17 Fire Away! 141
CHAPTER 18 The Brainstory 147
CHAPTER 19 Embrace the Struggle 155
CHAPTER 20 What’s Real Matters! 163
PART FOUR: SEPARATE WAYS 171
CHAPTER 21 Success Is Assured 173
CHAPTER 22 The Perfect Choice 177
Acknowledgments (Gratitude) 181
The Author 185
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
If you are familiar with The Leadership Challenge and you want to gain additional understanding for ongoing coaching, pick up this easy to read fable about a 3-day offsite meeting wherein leaders respond to 360 feedback.
I LOVED 'The Offsite' and could hear Robert's voice with every word. His enthusiasm for what he does and more importantly, how he does it, resonated throughout the book. It brought back very fond memories of the hard work and good learnings I enjoyed as a participant in Mr. Thompson's workshops/offsites. I can't tell you when I last read a book on leadership that I couldn't put down. His stuff is for real, not dry textbook material. The 'in person' Robert is just like the book -- only better!! ENJOY!!